Opening Weekend 2008 Brook Trout Heaven

Opening weekend!! Its kinda like Christmas??.only much much better!! We headed north on Friday afternoon from Guelph. Pumped to get to our campsite, set up and have a couple of beers streamside. The weather was warmer than what we?d expect for opening weekend.

Opening weekend!! Its kinda like Christmas??.only much much better!! We headed north on Friday afternoon from Guelph. Pumped to get to our campsite, set up and have a couple of beers streamside. The weather was warmer than what we?d expect for opening weekend.

Air temp of 18.5 at midnight!! Can?t really complain too much about that! While we were sitting at the fire beside the river (prime campsite in this park!!!) we could hear the odd trout chasing minnows in the shallows, which only made our excitement grow!!

After some beers, and no moonlight, we took just a few casts before we decided to call it a night and wait for the wee hours of the morning!!

Sunrise on southern Ontario Brook trout stream

Morning came quick, and without a word we were out of the tent, into our waders and on the river. Its rare that we move so quickly, especially without coffee flowing through our veins. But, we began to stumble through the stream, and it wasn?t long before the first brookie came to hand!

southern Ontario brook trout

The morning bite was on!! The main flies that were working were inspired by an article I read in CFF, about matching the hatch so to speak. I tied up several micro streamers that resembled brookie, brown and steelhead fry. This particular morning it was the little brook trout flies that were working. Dragged very close to the surface produced many fish!

After a couple of hours, we headed back to the site to make some much needed coffee. We gobbled up some granola bars and hit the road for the next stream.

southern Ontario brook trout stream

This one flows straight down a mountain. It?s a tricky one to fish, but once you figure out where the fish are, its game on!! We didn?t snap many shots here, but we did shoot some video that I?ll post on the website sometime soon.

southern Ontario Brook trout nymphing

Evening came quick, and we headed back to camp to cook a feast. Shortly after, once we had a little 12 year old flowin through the blood, we crashed.

The next day we did much of the same thing. Streamers were still the ticket. Nymphs in the 14-16 size range were bringing plenty of fish, but nothing over about 9? or so. Got into another sizeable brookie for the area as well.

southern Ontario brook trout fishing

All in all, ?twas a great weekend. One thing that upset me a little was finding this:

southern Ontario steelhead

It wasn?t so much finding a dead steelie that bothered me. It was where I found it. The headwaters of a decent brookie stream where only about 3 or 4 years ago I started catching rainbow par. They never used to make it up this far, and I?m not sure how they did either. I found a couple spooky ones swimming around in some of the deeper holes as well. Seeing as I was bushwhacking with my 4wt, there wasn?t a chance in hell that I?d be trying for steelhead!! BUT, I don?t like seeing them in the area. The brookie population is already suffering from the rainbows voracious appetites, and it probably won?t be long until there are no brookies left in that stream!

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